Bob Saget returns to the network that made him a household name in the late 1980s and the early to mid 1990s with family-friendly shows like “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” According to The Los Angeles Times, the comedy, “Surviving Suburbia,” is part of the spring lineup on ABC and is scheduled to begin airing on Monday, April 6, after the popular ABC reality show competition “Dancing with the Stars.” The show will replace the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Samantha Who,” who will find a new home on Thursday nights.
Bob Saget is the central character of the series, playing a disillusioned suburban husband and father named Keith Stevers. He lives a peaceful life in the burbs with his wife Anne, played by character actress Cynthia Stevenson and their two children Henry, played by Jared Kusnitz, and Courtney, played by G. Hannelius. Their serene, suburban existence is disturbed when new neighbors Monica and Dr. Jim, played by Lorna Scott and Jere Burns move in. As with most neighborhood comedies, chaos and conflict arise.
For a while, the fate of the “Surviving Suburbia” was up in the air. Originally, the show was set to premiere this spring on the CW network, a network known for its youth-oriented television programming, as a part of their Sunday primetime lineup. However, a snag occurred in the plan when the CW dissolved their relationship with Media Rights Capital, the company who produced the comedy series. “Surviving Suburbia” was part of the CW’s blanket removal of all Media Rights Capital programs that were scheduled to air on the network.
Bob Saget has had a profitable and amicable relationship with ABC. In the 1990s, he became one of America’s favorite television dads with his role as the lovable widower Danny Tanner on the syrupy, family comedy “Full House.” The show ran for eight years as part of ABC’s TGIF lineup. Every Friday, families tuned in to see him take care of his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and friend. For a time, he worked double duty for the network when he served as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for almost 10 years. Hopefully, “Surviving Suburbia” will again form a magical relationship between Bob Saget and ABC.
The show’s location on the television schedule will be a good testing ground for the success or failure of the comedy. “Dancing with the Stars” is one of the most-watched reality shows on television, so this is a perfect test to see if the audience will be drawn to the quirky sense of humor of Bob Saget. In addition to his new role on television, Bob Saget can also be heard as the narrator of “How I Met Your Mother,” the comedy that plays on Monday night on CBS.
Scott Collins, “ABC picks up Bob Saget comedy ‘Surviving Suburbia,'” Los Angeles Times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2009/02/abc-picks-up-bo.html.